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Bad Publicity is a Side Operation in Watch Dogs 2.

Plot

Smackdown

After hearing about a man actively swatting gamers in the name of DedSec, Marcus calls Sitara to inform her on his findings. She gives Marcus his location to get back at the swatter. Marcus pays a visit to the man, Chris Pinkle, and hacks his webcam. He calls the police while he is distracted, faking someone calling the police and gunshots being heard in the call. The police arrive at his house and arrest him, and being swatted himself, he is confused and upset.

Depending on how Marcus chooses to hack Chris's surroundings, the outcome (and the amount/type of police car(s) parked outside the building) will vary:

  • If Marcus does nothing before Chris says "And that, motherfuckers, is how it's done!", the stream cuts off and the mission immediately ends without the police showing up.
  • If Marcus dials 911 on Chris's home phone but does not do anything else, a single officer in one Cruiser will show up and apprehend Chris for prank calling.
  • Marcus can choose to hack Chris's PC, uploading a frightening image and causing him to scream in terror (which leads to the operator mistaking him for a woman), or overload a nearby e-cigarette causing it to explode, which is mistaken for a gunshot. If Marcus hacks one or both of these but does not interrupt Chris's connection, two officers will arrest Chris for an actual crime. A single Cruiser will be parked outside.
  • If Marcus performs the above hacks and interrupts Chris's connection a certain amount of times, three Enforcers will break down the door and detain Chris as the rest of DedSec hacks his computer and plays Ode to Joy, their calling card, on the speakers. Three Cruisers and one MRAP will be parked outside.

Chapters

Smackdown

  • Objective: Hack into Pr0-Lapz's apartment
  • Brief: An internet troll named Pr0-Lapz has been using DedSec's tag while swatting internet personalities. This is the kind of thing that makes us look bad, so we're going to go deal with him.

Intercepted Texts

When hacking the civilian to unlock this mission, a text chat will appear:

"Some poor fuck got swatted by Pr0-Lapz again last night."

"LOL. Why is DedSec swatting bitches?"

"Hello... their logo is a skull."

"Probably doing it for the laughs."

Trivia

  • In the mission, Chris can be seen playing Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, another Ubisoft game.
  • According to Chris's CTOS profile, he is a community college student with an income of $22,000, and is addicted to gluten.

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